Commission Launches ‘Train the Trainer’ Toolkit for CLE Providers

Train the Trainer logoThe Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce the launch of a Train the Trainer toolkit, which is designed to support legal professionals in the development and delivery of CLEs.

“Presenting legal education courses can be very rewarding and, when done well, can have a real impact on the challenges facing the legal profession,” said Dan Davies, Education Manager at the Commission on Professionalism. “However, agreeing to present a CLE can be daunting, especially for less experienced presenters. This toolkit is an easy-to-follow course development guide that prepares presenters to deliver a meaningful and engaging course.”

The toolkit provides practical guidance and best practices for course development through an online training workbook and supporting video modules.

  • The Train the Trainer workbook guides users through the initial stages of course design and development using prompts and support tools. The workbook covers areas including:
    • Getting to know adult learners;
    • Understanding your learners, understanding the problem;
    • Presenting online;
    • Facilitating adult learning;
    • Evaluating your course;
    • And a course outline template.
  • The Train the Trainer course modules provide additional insight covering each section of the workbook.

The structure provides a flexible framework that encourages presenters to develop a unique course and isn’t a rigid template for how CLE should be delivered.

“The Commission is dedicated to supporting the development of high-quality professional responsibility CLE,” said Jayne Reardon, Executive Director at the Commission on Professionalism. “Practicing law involves different skills than teaching. We hope this toolkit will empower new and experienced attorneys to turn their practice areas and passions into meaningful learning opportunities for legal professionals.”

The Commission would like to thank the following people, who were integral in the development of Train the Trainer: Britney Bowater, Sr. Counsel, Ethics Education, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission; Carol Casey, Attorney Supervisor, Cook County Office of the Public Guardian; Jeanne Heaton, Director of CLE, Illinois State Bar Association; and Megan Moore, Director of Programs, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

The Commission welcomes feedback on the toolkit. Please share your comments here.

About the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

The Illinois Supreme Court established the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in 2005 under Supreme Court Rule 799(c) to foster increased civility, professionalism, and inclusiveness among lawyers and judges in Illinois. By advancing the highest standards of conduct among lawyers and judges, the Commission on Professionalism works to better serve clients and society alike. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @2CivilityOrg.

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